EW Staff
March 08, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Thomas Pynchon — an acquired taste for anyone who didn’t grow up in the ’60s — reappeared last winter after a silence of six years with VIneland, a postmodern political saga of psychopaths, FBI agents, blacklist veterans, and a family unlike any you’ve ever encountered in fiction before. Reluctant readers of the elusive master will find the going easier this time out; devotees of Pynchon’s more obscure texts can take comfort in the simultaneous reissue of his 1973 Gravity’s Rainbow. A

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